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Quilt show helps raise funds for local charities

May. 20, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cheryl Crawford wishes she had the talents of the women whose quilting prowess was on display Sunday at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Huntington.

"I'm a wanna-be quilter," said Crawford as she perused through a row of large quilts hanging from the ceiling to the floor. "A quilt is a work of art, just like a painting or a sculpture, and I love the fabric. You have to appreciate their beauty and the creativity that goes into it."

Crawford was one several community members who attended the sixth annual Piecemakers' Quilt Presentation, titled "Apron Strings of Love for Life" this year.

The Piecemakers quilt group was established in 2004 and consists of 25 women who meet from 3 to 7 p.m. every Sunday at the church. Every May, the group presents quilts to various community organizations for them to display or sell as a fundraiser for their cause, said Sandra Clements, who helps organize the event. This year's recipient organizations are the youth group of the Huntington branch of the NAACP, Huntington's Kitchen and Relay for Life in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Nancy McCormick of Huntington has been involved with the Piecemakers since they started. The group allows members to bounce ideas off each other, share patterns and enjoy each other's company, she said. But it's the Piecemakers' charitable mission that keeps McCormick coming back.

"We make things to reach out into the community and give to people or organizations that are in need," she said. "They're receiving a coverlet that's made up of our prayers for them."

In addition to presenting quilts Sunday, the Piecemakers made pillowcases for the pediatric intensive care unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital and made lap quilts for patients of Hospice of Huntington this year, McCormick said.